28 March 2012

Little Darlings Challenge

Hello there everyone, this is my last post as Guest Designer for Little Darlings
 ~ thanks for having me guys ~

The theme for the new challenge is:

This particular stamp is called Just Hangin' Out and is available here

I decided to add a few doodles of my own and coloured the whole piece with Copics

For more information on the challenge and where to post your entries please visit the

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25 March 2012

Dudley wants to say hello!

Over at Dustin Pike's it's

A Dudley kinda Day

Yep the little dragon is taking over and for your opportunity to get a free digi we would like to see Dudley featuring in your creation

Unfortunately I forgot to take a snapshot of the Copics so to make up for it I am going to let you know how I got the pimples on the basket ball - fair?

Start by shading the ball as normal with in my case various oranges to create a sphere like shape.  Once you are happy with that get your colourless blender and dot it gently all over the ball, do not worry that the darker areas look like the ball has measles, trust me.  Now, take a grey marker, in this instance I chose W3 and add dots delicately to the darker side of the ball - hey presto your basket ball now has pimples!!

Whilst in the mood for tips and hints here is another one - take a look at Dudleys legs - yes I know they are a bit skinny, poor chap cannot help that!! LOL  Seriously, can you see the shadow I have added where his leg goes up into his shorts - simply by colouring in the shadows either after or as part of your shading really will help to give your flat 2D creations dimension.  Again, try it with a grey marker a few shades darker than the area you want to add shadow to and see what a difference it makes.  If you study Dudley above you will see many areas that have had the shadows added .................. go on give it a go and let me know how you get on.

The above colour wheel which can be found here and is really invaluable when deciding which grey goes with which colour family - I use it all the time and have a copy stuck on my wall above my desk.

To qualify for a free digi, your creation MUST contain a Dustin Pike Doodle Dragon image and you can post your finished creation HERE

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20 March 2012

Playing with Fluorescent Copics

How many of you have these little babies?

Well a couple of us girlies over on the Make it Crafty Team decided to have a play with the Fluorescent colours..................

Believe it or not this picture contains all of them

Now the one thing I noticed is that they don't tend to play nice with other Copics - the dress has completely lost its glow when I blended FY1 with other yellows to create the folds etc.

FRV1 is the friendliest and does keep some of it's punch, but then there are some very zingy pinks for it to play with!

They are nice to have, but if I am honest I don't think I will be needing refills any time soon.

On the plus side - they do glow, so if you need stand alone colours that pack a punch then these little beauties will do the job.

All in all, quite a fun and interesting experiment!

If you have some, I'd love to hear your thoughts - have you found a way of making them play nice or are they as unsociable for you as they were for me?

Crafty Hugs

16 March 2012

Dustin Pike Show and Tell

Hey folks, it is Show and Tell time again!!

Nope, not my Smurf Collection, well not today anyway......

instead lets take a peek at one of Dustin Pike's March Membership Digi Images

Image: Doodle Dragon March Membership
Paper: Debbie Mumm Noah's Ark
Colouring: Copics
Additional: Quickutz Bubbles die, peel-offs and sewing machine

I added Diamond Glaze to the frog and U to give extra dimension and drew additional bubbles with coloured pencils.

If you like this little chap then why not hop on over to
and see what other cute little critters Dustin has created

Thanks for dropping by the blog today

Crafty Hugs

14 March 2012

Little Darlings Challenge Blog Hop

Hello there and welcome to
Little Darlings Blog Hop
You should have arrived from the
Little Darlings Challenge Blog

Where you will find details of their current challenge:
Colours of Spring
(ends March 27)

**Don't forget to leave a comment on the challenge blog for your chance to win some blog candy**
(ends March 20)

and just in case you're a little lost here is the blog hop rollcall:

Little Darlings Challenge Blog
Vicky (GDT)
Sheri (GDT)

As you may have spotted I have been asked to Guest Design for Little Darlings this month and got the chance to play with some of the new collection released today:

"Spring is in the air"

This particular stamp is called
"Isn't She Lovely"

I got my pencils out for this one, a combination of Caran D'Ache Pablo's, Faber Castell Polychromos and Derwent Artist on Daler Rowney Murano Pastel Paper then I raided my stash for pearls, petals and dies to finish.

Thanks for hopping by and it is now time for you to visit my dear friend Angela for one of her amazing creations.

ooh and before I forget I thought I'd enter my card into the following:

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13 March 2012

Pike's Playground Challenge

Oh dear, life sometimes gets in the way of blogging and I apologise to my followers new and old for not being around since the end of February!!

 So lets start March as I mean to go on (albeit a tad late) with a new
Pike's Playground Challenge

Now for those not familiar with the NEW rules
Create a project using a
as per the challenge theme 
and in return

 The challenge this time is
(you can include any animal)

The photograph unfortunately does not show that the monkey is in fact in 3D with foam squares building up the many layers.

Dustin Pike Monkey Digi - Members May 2011
Word art Stamp - Catslife Press
Banana and Corner dies - Quickutz
Paper from stash
Colouring - Copics (see below)

We had an amazing number of entrants for our last challenge and I cannot wait to see what wonderful creations you guys come up with for this one.

In the meantime I'm entering my monkey in the following:

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